Enjoy the magnificent trove of adventures and surprises in Nigeria from the coastal beaches, ancient
ruins, mouth-watering Nigerian food, lush green forests, timeless creek villages, and more. The
splendid nation also has remarkable monuments and is known for its terracotta art. The city of Abuja
right in the middle of the country is the capital of Nigeria that promises to enthrall you with the
history of the country, fascinating mosques, malls, delicious Nigeria meals, and much more. Nigeria
also offers other bustling cities with fun-filled sightseeing activities and tourist centers such as
Lagos, Ibadan, Kano, Calabar, Port Harcourt among others. Our travel guide lets you explore this
astounding nation, a perfect destination for a tourist that is a thriving cultural and economic
powerhouse in West Africa. Explore Nigeria tourism today!
USEFUL INFO ABOUT NIGERIA
Official Name: Federal Republic of Nigeria
Form of Government: Federal Presidential Constitutional Republic
Capital & Largest City: Abuja
Population:206630269 (2020 estimate)
Official Language: English
Languages Spoken: Housa, Yoruba, Igbo, Fulfulde, Ibibio, Kanuri, Tiv
Ethnicity: Hausa 22.5%, Yoruba 18%, Igbo 15.5%, Fulani 6%, Ijaw/Izon 4%
Area: 923769 sq km
Lowest Point: Atlantic Ocean (sea level)
Highest Point: Chappal Wadi (2419 m)
Coastline: 853 km
Cameroon 447 km
Benin 698 km
Equatorial Guinea 845 km
Togo 864 km
Niger 950 km
Famous For: Oil | City of Lagos | Diverse Culture | Nollywood | Boko Haram | Ibeno beach |
Ngwo Pine Forest | Awhum Waterfall | Ukhuse Oke | Long Juju Slave Route | Gashaka-Gumti National
Park | Alok Ikom Monoliths | Wildlife Reserves | Africa's Street Parties | Fruits in Nigeria |
Natural Attractions | Nigeria Food
Time Zone: GMT +1
Ethnicity: Housa 22.5%, Yoruba 18%, Igbo 15.5%, Fulani 6%, Ijaw/Izon 4%
Driving Side: Right
Airports in Nigeria: Murtala Muhammed International Airport | Nnamdi Azikiwe International
Airport | Port Harcourt International Airport | Mallam Aminu International Airport | Akanu Ibiam
International Airport | Akwa Ibom International Airport | Benin Airport | Gombe Lawanti
International Airport | Margaret Ekpo International Airport | Ilorin International Airport | Sam
Mbakwe International Airport | Sadiq Abubakar III International Airport
Stay connected with My Webspot, a very convenient browsing experience. The web spots provide
unlimited data in Nigeria at 512 Mbps high speed which is shareable to up to five devices. It is
very easy to use with 8 hours of battery life and no data roaming or hidden costs. You could order
the web spot online, or have it delivered to your hotel. The pocket Wi-Fi can be returned in the
return envelope and dropped off at any of the partner offices.
Buy a day pass with a high speed of 4 LTE coverage that activates automatically every day during
your travel. A day pass works according to Nigeria local time from 00:01 to 23:59 hours.
OneSimCard is an international sim card with low-cost prepaid cell phone services in Nigeria. It
also provides roaming facilities in 200 plus countries. Other internet providers are MTN Nigeria, a
popular network, and Glo Mobile with low data prices which are privately owned. Airtel and Gmobile
are the other operators that provide service including NTEL. SIM cards can be bought easily at the
Abuja International Airport and the prices are the same at the airport or if you buy it in town. You
have to provide your passport identification and fill a registration form. The SIM is activated
instantly and you can enjoy a good connection.
Fire brigade: 112, 199 Ambulance: 112, 199 Police: 112, 911 ER24: 112
Nigeria currency is the Nigerian Naira and the currency code is NGN. The Nigeria currency symbol is
₦ and is subdivided into 100 Kobo. The Nigeria currency rate and the exchange rate in Nigeria for
a few important currencies are mentioned below.
Symbol: ₦ Code: NGN 1 INR = 5.25 NGN (Indian Currency to Nigeria Currency) 1 USD = 383.00 NGN (Aboki Dollar rate in Nigeria Today on Oct 18 2020) 1 BTC = 4352909.90 NGN (Bitcoin Price in Nigeria) 1 AED = 104.28 NGN (Dubai Money to Nigeria Money) 100 EURO = 45312.16 NGN (100 Euro to Nigeria Currency)
Naira banknote denominations: 5,10, 20, 50, 100, 200, 500, 1000
Naira bank coin denominations: 50, 1, 2
Please note that Travelers Cheques are NOT accepted in most places.
The Nok people were the first settlers in Nigeria around 800 BCE in the Jos Plateau. Their civilization
and culture both expanded until the Portuguese explorers reached the West African coast around the
1400s. This started the Atlantic slave trade where millions of Africans were taken to the Americas, and
today, they are known as African Americans. In the early 1800s, there were many tribal wars to take
control of the land. Britain took advantage and control with her powerful military force and English
dominance was established.
Nigeria became known as the Colony and Protectorate of Nigeria. The British banned slavery and took
indirect control of power through chosen people and groups. These groups exploited the locals as they
raised money for England to stay in power. Nigeria got her independence in 1960 and split into three
regions. These were further divided based on ethnicity and geography.â¯
In 1966, war broke out after the death of Balewa. Until 1975 Murtala Ramat Mohammed took charge of
Nigeria. He initiated the process of civilian rule and moved the federal capital to Abuja. In February
1976, he was assassinated and his top aide Gen. Olusegun Obasanjo, a Yoruba Christian took over as the
head of the government.
Nigeria became a republic and a democracy and in 2007, Umaru Yar'Adua, a Hausa Muslim was elected the
next president. In May 2009, Goodluck Jonathan became the vice president. There have been many battles
in the north of the country since 2002 between the government troops and the Islamic group called Boko
Haram who follow the Sharia law.
Nigeria is the 32nd largest country in the world with borders shared with Benin, Niger, Chad, and
Cameroon. The coastline is vast with a stretch of 853 km. Niger and Benue River are the two main rivers.
These flow into the Niger Delta. This is the third-largest river deltas on earth. It comprises the
largest area of African Mangroves.
The geographical features of Nigeria comprise of deserts, swamps, plains, mountains, and lush jungles.
The tropical grasslands are spread over vast lands that consist of trees and shrubs. The southwestern
plain is inhabited by the Yoruba people for thousands of years.
The 'Giant of Africa', as Nigeria is popularly known, comes from the vastness of the land, diversity of
its people, languages, culture, oil, natural resources, and a huge population. The country lies on the
southern coast of West Africa. There are arid savanna grasslands in the north and the rainforests in the
coastal and southern regions. The physically diverse country with tropical vegetation and animal life in
the rainforests offers plenty of tourist attractions.
Art and Music
Nigerians are proud of their art and cultural heritage that has influences from the major ethnic groups.
The Yoruba people are known for their drum traditions and the two common percussion instruments are
dundun and the bata drum. Benbe, shekere, agogo, and koso are the other popular musical instruments in
Nigeria. In the north, three-stringed lutes such as molo and konting are famous instruments. Yoruba
apala and traditional pop are some traditional music styles, while today Nigeria enjoys prominence in
classical pop style as well. Sunny Neji, Onyeka Onwenu are some of the well-known artists.
Food and Drink
Exotic Nigerian foods are served in the best selection of Nigerian restaurants in Lagos, Abuja, and
other major cities. Nigerian food caters to European, North American, and Asian tastes among others with
a range of different cuisines. Meat is popular in the north while spirits are expensive such as beer and
imported wines. You could try from hamburgers, sushi, French baguettes to the more traditional Nigerian
okra, Nigerian dried fish, and other snacks in Nigeria. Try the Ilasa soup, or lookout for the Nigerian
fried rice recipe to indulge in the local specialties. Add on a range of juicy fruits in Nigeria to
enjoy a wholesome meal.
Must-Try Nigerian National Dishes
Suya (barbecued liver and beef), Kilishi (dried meat), Egusi Soup (a stew of meat, dried fish, and melon
seeds), Fufu (sticky cassava or plantain), Nigeria Shawarma (pitta bread, chicken breasts, ginger, whole
wheat, burrito), Cassava (cassava stew), Dodo (fried caramelized plantain slice), Boli and Epa (baked
Nigeria plantain with peanuts), Spinach Stir Fry ( garlic, hot pepper, Nigerian spice, green amaranth,
spinach in Nigeria), Beans Nigeria Porridge (scotch bonnet, black-eyed peas, dried shrimp in palm oil),
Nigerian Jollof Rice (scotch bonnet, rice Nigeria long-grain, tomato paste, curry powder, red bell)
Must-Try Nigerian National Drinks
Palm Wine, Burukutu (spirit from wheat), Pito (spirit from corn), Star Lager (beer), Ogog (alcohol
distilled from the juice of Raffia palm tree), Chapman (lemon, lime, cucumber, and bitters), Zobo (red
People are friendly and often touch each other on the arms and back as a friendly gesture. This
typically happens among people of the same gender. The hospitality and customs vary region wise and are
more conservative in the north in the Muslim areas. Guests are always served first as an honorable
gesture. Interestingly, a small burp at the end of the meal is welcome. It is a sign that the meal has
been thoroughly enjoyed. Left hands are not used for greetings while the feet are never pointed towards
the meal. Traditional family roles also do apply and it is not uncommon for men, women, and children to
be seated separately. Nigerians are emotional people who show their feelings in public. Nigerians may
even seem loud and argumentative but it could merely be a friendly conversation. So, enjoy their
hospitality as a traveler.
Experience Nigerian art skills, craftsmanship, and African art at the Nike Art Centre.
Walkthrough the expanse of green space amid nature with wildlife tucked away at Yankari Game
Walk on the longest canopy walkway at the Lekki Conservative Centre in Lagos, a thrilling thing to
do in Nigeria.
Enjoy a range of outdoor activities in Abuja from National Children's Park, Usuma Dam, Jabi Lake,
Bature Brewery, and more.
Enjoy the dunes of Tulo Tulo for magnificent desert landscapes located on the border of Nigeria and
Niger known as the 'Desert Land of Hope'.
Be a part of Africa's biggest street parties in the Calabar Carnival in December.
Experience perfect moments among the largest diversity of butterflies in the world around Cross
River State harbors.
For magnificent beaches, markets, museums, national parks, forests, street markets, and water
To taste the juiciest and best fruits in Nigeria such as strawberries, monkey kola, and paw-paw.
Witness one of the longest bridges in the world, the Third Mainland Bridge of a total length of 7.3
Nigeria Weather | NGA Climate
The best time to visit Nigeria is the dry season from October to January when the temperatures are
cooler but travelers have to watch out for the harmattan, a sand storm of fine sand that is irritating.
However, the dry season is still the best time to go as heavy rains occur from April to August and most
parks and roads get flooded. In fact, in the coastal region, the rains start in February or March and
days are overcast, hot, humid, and wet.
The north experiences high day temperatures of 45℃ and low night temperatures of 6℃
year-round. Low lying and coastal regions have an average temperature of 32℃. Temperatures are the
lowest in the dry season between October to January, with mid-day temperatures at 38℃, a good time
to visit Nigeria. The country experiences two seasons - the dry and wet and experiences a tropical
Visit Nigeria With Family
Enjoy the natural warm water springs and exotic flora and fauna at the Yankari National Park in the
Feel the thrill of walking the longest Canopy Walkway at the Natural Preserve in Lekki in Lagos for
exquisite nature views.
Indulge in Nigerian art in Lagos at the Nike Centre for Art and Culture, a popular tourist center
Spend time in the Tarkwa Bay Beach near Lagos Harbor, a sheltered beach that is fun to swim and
enjoy water sports.
â¯Visit Nigeria as a Couple
Dine in the best romantic Nigerian restaurant to try popular Nigeria shawarma, Nigeria plantain,
Nigerian dried fish, and more.
Spend time in one of the weekend getaway destinations such as Suntan Beach and Resorts, La Campagne
Tropicana Beach Resort, or Yankari Games Reserve for limitless fun and pleasure.
Take a day trip to Epe Mangroves and witness the fish market and local life of the Yoruba
Visit a popular open-air market to shop for a range of items from clothes, textiles, household, and
electronics. Look out for the famous Computer Village too.
â¯Visit Nigeria with Friends
Hang out at the Freedom Park, a 19th-century prison turned into an urban park, and witness
memorials, greenery, and food courts.
Witness and pray at the An Noor Mosque to take in the Arabian fragrance, spirituality, and
Take pictures at the Skyway Bridge and renew priceless moments to cherish forever.
Go on to Victoria Island for fine dining on Nigerian foods at stylish nightclubs or affluent hotel
Visit Nigeria with Kids
Take a boat ride on Jabi Lake, an amazing picnic spot amid nature in the Jabi district of Abuja.
Watch a concert at New Afrika Shrine, an open-air entertainment center located in Ikeja in Lagos.
Take the kids to a popular amusement park such as Magicland Amusement Park in Abuja or the Dream
World Africana in Lekki for a splendid time experiencing the attractions.
Visit the Elegushi Beach, a private beach in Lagos owned by the Elegushi royal family for fun and
adventure by the ocean.
What to Buy?
Aso Oke Material
Yankari Game Reserve
The fascinating wildlife reserve is home to hippos, elephants, baboons, a variety of fishes, birds, and
other species of wildlife. Enjoy the day at the Wikki Warm Springs, the Wikki River, the Marshall Cave
Systems to have a fun-filled day. There are indoor and outdoor sports facilities as well with
accommodation provided at Yankari. You are in a large wildlife park that covers about 2244 sq km of an
area located in northeastern Nigeria, a popular tourist destination. A heavenly place with serene
surroundings, the place is a beautiful tourist attraction in Nigeria.
Best Time to Visit: October to March
Entry Price: NGN 1500â¯
Witness nature at its best in Idanre town where the arrangements of hills are amazing. The historic
Idanre Hills has beautiful scenery of lush vegetation and greenery around. You could reach the hilltop
by climbing the winding set of 640 steps from where you can also witness the crystal-clear waters of the
Arun River. Globo Surf also organizes paddling and hiking adventures here and lends you the outdoor gear
with tips as well. The cluster of peaks is awe-inspiring with sacred burial grounds and exotic valley
Best Time to Visit: Dry season Entry Price: NGN 1000â¯
Owu Water Falls
Visit the spectacular waterfalls in Owu-Isin Local Government Area of Kwara State. The refreshing sight
of water that falls from 330 feet through marvelous rocky landscapes is a famous tourist spot. Enjoy
your day with family and choose from among a range of accommodation available that fits within your
budget. It is the highest waterfall in West Africa, a wonderful treat to see in the wilderness. Feel the
cool water splash as it forms a pool down below of ice-cold water. Visit the nature preserve in Nigeria
and trek a pathway to reach the spectacular sight, a must-see for nature lovers.
Best Time to Visit: October to March
Entry Price: Tour cost
The Benin City National Museum
Indulge in history as you see the artifacts displayed at the art gallery in the Benin City National
Museum. The display of bronze figures, terracotta and cast-iron pieces are related to the Benin Empire,
an interesting cultural tour to take. Kids can also learn a lot about the famous Benin Empire here, a
popular family vacation spot. There are also displays of ancient art you could witness. Located in the
downtown area in King's Square, it is recommended to book your museum tour in advance to get your spot.
Best Time to Visit: Dry season Entry Price: NGN 500
Wonderland Amusement Park & Resort
Take a day out just for kids and enjoy the world-class recreation center right opposite the National
Stadium in Abuja. Participate in thrilling rides, games, and entertainment that is fun for the whole
family. Check out several restaurants for awesome Nigerian foods or wander the shops to pick up
souvenirs. You could also relax in the leisure garden and take in the scenery. Connect with family and
have an adventure with children to cherish for a lifetime. It is now called Magic Land and is the first
amusement park in Nigeria of world-class standards.
Best Time to Visit: October to March Entry Price: NGN 600 for adults; NGN 400 for children
Nike Art Gallery
Located in Lagos, this art gallery involves children in discovering their artistic talent. This is a
great place to let them evolve their art in beadwork, painting, traditional loom weaving, drumming,
singing, indigo dyeing, embroidery, stone works, and more. A fascinating way to spend the day as the
kids discover their latent skill or perhaps learn a new one. The art gallery is housed in a five-story
building and also displays 8000 artworks of various Nigerian artists, a one-of-a-kind art gallery in
Best Time to Visit: Dry season Entry Price: Free
If you can make time, more places to visit in Nigeria are.
Obudu Cattle Ranch
Okomu National Park
Tinapa Business Resort
Ikogosi Warm Spring Resort
Ikeja Shopping Malls
The Palms Shopping Mall
Lekki Leisure Lake
Olumo Rock Abeokuta Tourist Centre
Jos Wildlife Park
Enemabia Warm Spring
Port Harcourt Tourist Beach
Most Popular Regions and Cities to Visit in Nigeria Lagos
Lagos, the metropolitan city is decked with the arts and music scene, beautiful beaches, a thrilling
nightlife, and fancy dining serving exotic cuisines. There are plenty of attractions that offer you fun,
adventure, and fabulous travel moments. The city explodes with splendid architecture, fashion, and
social life as well. With thousands of places to explore, the city will cast its magic spell on you.
Visit For: Lagos Bar Beach, Afrika Shrine, Ogogoro Island Lekki Beach, The Night Shift
Colosseum, Lagbaja's Motherland, Lekki Conservation Centre, Victoria Island, Freedom Park, National
The capital city has a lot to offer its travelers with perfectly planned green areas and parks such as
the Millennium Park. Abuja is filled with social activities from the world of fashion, education,
entertainment, and tourism spread out for you. Visit historic sites, superb hotels, luxurious Nigerian
restaurants, and more. Enjoy lip-smacking Nigerian food and continental cuisines as the city boasts of
the best dining scenes. BluCabana and Salamander Cafe are excellent Nigerian restaurants you could try.
Fish suya, a Nigerian favorite is a must-try.
Visit For: Zuma Rock, Millennium Park, Abuja National Mosque, Jabi Lake, Aso Rock, IBB
International, and Country Club
The beautiful city attracts tourists for its simplicity, culture, and natural attractions. Calabar hosts
every year a Cross River State Annual Christmas Festival that fills the place with a lot of cheerful
parades, music, and entertainment. The hospitality of the city is warm and there are plenty of tourist
attractions such as Obudu Cattle Ranch and Tinapa Resort. The local Nigerian food at the many Nigerian
restaurants is irresistible and you can choose from many. Try the Nigerian fried rice, a delicious
Visit For: Tinapa Resort, Calabar River, National Museum, Calabar Drill Monkey Ranch, Slave
Trade Museum, Great Kwa River
The city is called the Nigeria Hollywood as it is the center of Nollywood. The grand city offers a
romantic experience with its art amusement facilities, festivals, clubs, shrines, caves, and more. The
social life is exciting and it is one of the beautifully planned cities of Nigeria. The 'Coal City' as
it is often called offers unique attractions such as the Iva Valley coal mine, Silicon Hill, Opi Lake
Complex among others.
Visit For: Ngwo Pine Forest, Eziagu Tourism Complex, Opi Lake Complex, Milken Hill, Awhum
Waterfall, Iva Valley coal mine
Experience wildlife, museums, monuments, and shrines in the 'Garden City' of Port Harcourt. The rich
city life and hospitality also promises a lot of exciting nightlife that will thrill you. The aroma of
spicy kebabs cooked over a charcoal grill is intoxicating. Have a dinner meal in Nigeria and don't
forget to ask for the Nigerian fried rice recipe. The Port Harcourt tourist beach, the Rivers State
Museum, Isaac Boro Garden Park and more welcome you to a delightful city.
Visit For: Port Harcourt Tourist Beach, Rivers State Museum, Isaac Boro Garden Park, Mile One
Market, Garden City Amusement Park, Pleasure Park
Some other famous cities in Nigeria are;
The Calabar Carnival
The amazing carnival that began in 2004 in the Cross-River State of Nigeria is one of the most colorful
and amazing festivals to witness. The carnival begins every year on the 1st of December and goes on
until the 31st of December. The month-long cultural fiesta is a blend of both traditional and modern
lifestyle and is tagged as 'Africa's Biggest Street Party'. The long-feathered headdresses, rhythmic
dances, and colorful costumes are a blend of the cultural extravaganza of Nigeria. Location: Calabar Date: 1 December to 31 December
The festival marks the end of Ramadan, Eid al-Kabir, and Eid al-Fitr. The festival begins with prayers
and is followed by a parade of the Emir accompanied by music that ends at the Emir's Palace. The annual
festival was first celebrated in Nigeria in 1911. The parade also has the entourage on horses and is a
smart spectacle to witness.
Location: Bida, Zaria, Kano, Katsina, Sokoto
Date: May (end of Ramadan differs annually)
Boat Regatta Festival
The water festival in the riverine areas of Nigeria is a colorful event where the boats are decorated in
different traditional costumes and illuminating colors. You can witness some of the skillful sailors
display their mastery in racing, fishing, swimming, and other water activities. It is a must-see
festival to witness the canoes compete in regattas as the participants indulge in team spirit.
Location: River Niger, Kwara Date: 10 April to 12 April
The Port-Harcourt Carnival
The carnival that takes place a few weeks before Christmas converts the city of Port Harcourt into a
colorful experience. The festival is a mix of a purely cultural event that blends with a contemporary
Caribbean style carnival. The first colorful event started way back in 1988 that today attracts plenty
of tourists to the city of Port Harcourt. It is considered as the biggest tourist attraction in
Location: Port Harcourt Date: 14 December to 21 December
This festival is celebrated by the Yoruba people in Lagos. It showcases many fun activities along with
plenty of cultural and traditional masquerading displays. The festival occurred when the soul of the
departed Lagos king left and to usher in a new king. Eyo also means masquerades that come out in Lagos
Island in white costumes.
Location: Lagos Date: When a new Oba takes charge of the Iga (palace)
Other festivals/events celebrated in Nigeria are,
Afan National Festival
Lagos Book and Arts Festival
Africa International Film Festival
Gidi Cultural Festival
Star Mega Jam
All travelers must have a valid passport to apply for a Nigeria visa. The passport needs to be valid for
six months beyond the date of return. The passport must have at least two blank pages as well. Scanned
recent color photographs, completed visa application form, accommodation proof, an invitation letter
from a host, visa fee payment receipt, and financial funds proof to support your trip are the required
Visa-on-arrival/eVisa/Visa free entry
Nigerian tourist visa on arrival is designed specifically for nationals of African countries. You can
apply online as well for a Tourist eVisa on arrival. The Nigerian Tourist eVisa has a validity of 14
days and is a single-entry visa. Present the Arrival Approval letter, passport, departure ticket at the
Visa on Arrival Desk at your port of entry. The eVisa is issued as a one-time temporary tourist visa.
Citizens of the following countries can avail of the facility, granted to all African travelers from
Types of Visa and Validity
The Tourist eVisa/ Visitor Visa for Nigeria can be processed via the Standard (six days of processing
time), Rush (four days of processing time), and Super Rush (two days of processing time) modes. The
maximum amount of stay with an eVisa is 30 days per entry. The cost of the eVisa via Standard processing
is $152, via Rush is $182, and via Super Rush is $212. The online mode of applications helps avoid
visiting the embassy or consulate to get travel documents. This is a single-entry visa with 30 days stay
permit in the country.
A Transit Visa is required except for ECOWAS nationals and other countries that Nigeria allows visa-free
entry. The transit visa validity is 48 hours and can be obtained on arrival. You could get a 7 days
maximum period of stay with a transit visa at the Nigerian Mission.
The multiple-entry visa is valid for six months for a stay of 7-90 days with a Nigerian Tourist visa or
Arik Air is a reliable domestic airline that links most cities in Nigeria from Lagos. The flight ticket
costs are nominal that starts at around NGN 20,000. It is the most convenient and quickest mode of
transport to choose from.
You could choose to travel by minibuses or bush taxis. Each town provides a motor park that serves as
the main depot for buses. The vehicles have roof signs to show destination and touts are around to help
you board the right one. The schedules are erratic. However, the buses go full.
Car / Bike
Road travel is not the ideal way to move around due to bad road conditions and no real road rules. Worse
is that fuel shortages are common and you could get stuck in long queues or terrible traffic. Hire a
good local driver that would cost around NGN 80,000 per day. Bush taxis are a better bet. It costs about
25% more than buses.
Motorcycle Taxi (Okada)
This is the quickest way to get around town sitting on the back of a motorcycle taxi. However, there is
no discipline on rates and drivers do not follow the road laws. The government has banned okadas
(motorcycle taxis) in some major cities as well.
There is a Chinese funded railway line between Abuja and Kaduna while the national railway service is in
the process of rehabilitation.
There are boat services and cruises available around Lagos and also in the far east of the country in
Via Air Route
There are plenty of international flights regularly such as Air France, British Airways, Emirates,
Etihad Airways, Emirates, and more.
Nigeria has closed its land borders for all movement due to corruption and smuggling.
Keep your passport and other travel documents with you at all times.
Carry local currency especially in small denominations.
Avoid public transport and use private cabs instead.
Be wary of the nightmarish traffic jams.
Use the localhost to assist through immigration that can be a hassle.
Everyone at the airport is waiting for a tip.
Avoid late evening walks and do not venture out alone at night.
Do not use credit cards and preferably use cash.
Power cutoffs are common, so do pick a good hotel to stay.
Learn a few words of the local language.
Nigeria is noted for 'yahoo, yahoo boys' who are scamsters, particularly in Lagos. So, beware of
Travel during the dry season as the roads get flooded in the rains.
Safety Tips Stay alert and be wary of corruption and scam artists. Be careful when using a credit card. Do not venture out at night especially alone. Be smart during bargaining and do not be fooled at the airport or hotel. Do not board an empty bus whose conductor is shouting 'one chance' and most passengers are young
boys. Always be cautious and aware of government information and travel advisories.
Health Tips Get travel insurance that offers full trip coverage and includes coverage for 24X7 emergency
assistance. The PHAC and WHO recommend the following vaccinations for Nigeria; Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B,
Typhoid, Cholera, Yellow Fever, Rabies, Meningitis, Polio, MMR, Tdap, Chicken Pox, Shingles,
Pneumonia, Influenza. Don't drink tap water and always carry boiled water during travel. Carry along with a medical kit for emergencies. Check for COVID-19 restrictions and travel advisory notices. Carry along insect repellent creams and suntan lotions. Be careful of what you eat or drink and practice good respiratory hygiene.
What to Pack?
Comfortable Casual Clothing
Sunscreen Lotion, Sunglasses
Dress Code & Etiquette
Nigerians are conservative people and their clothing sense is very modest. Women wear clothes to
cover their arms and legs. Trousers on women are becoming common.
Men dress conservatively in short or long-sleeved shirts and trousers. Suits are worn for business
Begging is common and it is encouraged to tip a beggar as an act of charity.
Do not give or receive with your left hand as it is not considered hygienic.
Handshakes are the common form of greetings. Always shake with your right hand.
Greet a person while walking by, an important gesture.
Acknowledge the other person either by a nod, smile or murmur greetings in a crowd.
It is normal to feel your personal space being intruded upon as a foreigner. However, Nigerians
have a habit of getting very close.
Do not consider it a serious offense if you are stared at.
Social events always begin later than scheduled and go on for hours.
Women are required to cover their heads while visiting the church.
Visitors can use the aid of a cultural mentor to make sure the right Nigerian dress is worn at
various cultural events of different regions.
Cameroon (447 km)
Mount Cameroon, Waza National Park, Dja Faunal Reserve, Korup National Park, and others are some of the
top tourist attractions here. The country is home to beautiful nature reserves, waterfalls,
archaeological sites, hill stations, hiking trails, and much more, a great destination to visit in
Benin (698 km)
Benin, formerly called Dahomey, is famous for its brass work that dates back to the 13th century. Ivory,
wood carvings, and many notable artifacts are on display in the museums. Some of the top tourist
attractions here are Dantokpa Market, Pythons Temple, Home Museum, Da Silva Museum among others.
Equatorial Guinea (845 km)
A neighboring country to Nigeria, this Central African country comprises the Rio Muni mainland and 5
volcanic islands. The tropical forests in the Monte Alen National Park, Arena Blanca Beach, Spanish
architecture, Pico Basile Mountain, Elobey Grande are some of the attractions here.
Distance between places in and around Nigeria;
Togo 864 km
Niger 950 km
There are more than 250 ethnic groups in Nigeria.
There are over 500 indigenous languages spoken in the country.
It is Africa's most populated country.
Nigeria is one of the biggest exporters of oil in the world.
Lagos is not the capital but the largest city in Nigeria.
Social media is very popular and used in Nigeria.
Aliko Dangote, the richest businessman in Africa lives in Nigeria.
Nollywood is the nickname for the movie industry in Nigeria.
Nigeria got its name from the Niger River, the longest river in the country.
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